Panache Event Group Wins two Texas Star Awards!

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At a fun filled, Gatsby themed celebration last month, Panache Event Group brought home two Texas Star Awards!  The first award was for Best Marketing / Design Collateral Under $25k.  The second award was for Best Corporate Event Under $75k.

Both awards were for the same event at Don Strange Ranch last fall (see blog below about Texas Prettiness at the ranch).

The Texas Star Awards recognizes the best event professionals in Texas, and we are honored to receive not one, but two of them this year.  Entries were judged by esteemed ISES professionals from the ISES Atlanta Chapter and the winners were announced at The Texas Star Awards gala held at The St. Anthony Hotel on February 9.

We are blessed to have such amazing clients who allow us to go wild with our ideas, and beyond honored that our hard work and creativity was recognized.   txstarawards-112

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Texas Prettiness at Don Strange Ranch {San Antonio Event Planner}

Sometimes the perfect client just falls in our lap.  Ready to book, knows what he wants and is funny and charming to boot.  That was this client.  Each year this particular Mississippi corporation treats some of its best customers to an amazing dinner during a national convention.  This year the convention was in San Antonio and it was time to show what Texas was all about.

Our goal was to wine and dine the guests and give them an evening that would knock their socks off.  Many venues were toured and Don Strange Ranch ultimately fit the bill.  Everything revolved around Texas, from the Texas hero table names to the indigenous flowers, to the Hill Country wines.  It was a Texas extravaganza!  Hand picked Texas country artists played in the background as guests dined on Texas Angus beef and Redfish.  And to balance the scales, Mississippi native Skylar Laine performed.  Everything was captured beautifully by Daniel Holman Photography.

Menus, table signs and dessert signs were all created by hand by Panache Event Group, as well as the design and layout.  Many thanks to the following vendors who supported us!

Don Strange Ranch

Goen South

Luxe Event Decor

Aztec Events and Tents

Bobalou Cigar Co.

Daniel Holman Photography

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Mr. and Mrs. Champagne Flutes. Yours For The Taking {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

Like our new Mr. and Mrs. champagne flutes?  Want to own a pair of your own?  Simply book a planning package with us and receive them.  Free!

Easy peazy lemon squeezy!

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How cute would these look at your reception table?

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My Weightloss Journey With Garcinia Cambogia Extract {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

I’m doing a little experiment folks!  It first started with a mild curiosity with the compound Garcinia Cambogia.  I’ve been reading some encouraging things.  I got mildly excited.  I hopped on to Amazon.com to check it out, and whoops!  I accidentally hit the check out button.  So with a bottle unintentionally on its way, I thought I would turn this into my own experiment while keeping all of you updated on my progress.  What bride doesn’t want to lose a couple of pounds for her big day?  I will be your guinea pig!

The extract is from a goofy pumpkin looking plant grown in India.  It’s supposed to suppress your appetite, block fat and increase serotonin.  I’m still a little skeptical, but deep down I’m kinda excited.  I have about 12 stubborn pounds to lose before an industry conference in the Bahamas at the end of the month.  (Yeah, I have a tough job.) I would love to be “bikini ready” as they say.

So stay tuned!  I should receive it within the week, and I will keep you up to date on my journey.  Will it work?  We shall see…

Day 1

I received my bottle yesterday.  Hurrah!  The problem I think I’m going to have is remembering to take these things.  You are supposed to take one or two pills 30 minutes before each meal.  I can see forgetting to take them, but I’ll do my best.  I took one last night and two today.  Don’t feel much of a difference, except a little more gassy.  Hopefully it will pass.  At least my husband hopes so anyway…

Day 7

It’s been a full week on this stuff and I have experienced nothing.  Nada.  Zip.   No weight loss.  No increased energy.  No better sleep at night.  I thought I had lost a pound earlier in the week, but it came back.  The directions say take one to two capsules 30 minutes before each meal.  (Let me take this time to say the bottle lies.  It says it’s a 30 day supply but it’s really only 10 day on this regimen.  That makes it way more expensive than previously thought.)  I’ve been taking one capsule before every meal so this week I’m upping it to two.  We’ll see what happens…garcinia

 

Day 17

This stuff kinda sucks.  I’ve almost finished the bottle and I’ve actually gained an inch.  There are a couple of glaring problems with this product:

1.  It is almost impossible to take two capsules, three times a day, precisely 30 minutes before a meal.  While planning is my profession, this pill popping routine was impossible to master.

2.  Said pills are about the size of a horse antibiotic, and routinely got stuck in my throat, requiring immediate consumption of bread and warm milk to dislodge.

3.  Quick fixes still don’t work.  Bummer, I know.

So it’s back to the old standby, reconnecting with my Brooks and hitting the pavement, while “treating” my sinuses with Sudafed (the old fashioned stuff behind the counter.  Quite possibly the best appetite curbing thing on the market.)

Pre-final prognosis: Craptastic.  Save your money and buy a cute handbag instead.  I’ll probably keep taking it until they are all gone, but I’m not expecting any miracles at this point.  I’ll keep you updated.

 

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McNay Romance {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Half the year has gone by! Where did it go?  I’ve got loads of pictures so I’ll start with this beauty.  They were so sweet.  Their entire family was a such joy to work with.   Thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this wedding such a success!

Church- Our Lady of Grace Church

Venue- McNay Art Museum

Caterer-True Flavors Catering

Photography- Jeff Loftin Photography

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Florals- Trinity Flowers

Linens and chairs- Luxe Event Decor

Tables-Aztec Events and Tents

Wedding Planning- Panache Event Group

Menu cards, table and chair signs- Panache Event Group

Entertainment- Blind Date

Photos courtesy of the fabulous Jeff Loftin!

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Panache Event Group Wins Texas Star Award

Photo Courtesy of ISES Dallas

Panache Event Group headed to Dallas last month where we won a Texas Star Award for “Best Corporate Event under $75k.”  It was an honor to receive this award and it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing clients!

The theme for the evening was 80′s prom, in case you were wondering about the hair and wardrobe.  It was a fantastic evening and receiving this award among our ISES colleagues was an amazing experience!

 

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How to create an Award Winning Christmas Tablescape on a Budget

Photo courtesy of Professional Images Photography

Last night I was honored to receive an award at the ISES San Antonio Holiday Tablescape Competition.  Ten tables competed and two awards were given- Best Design over $250 and Best Design under $250.  Let me tell you, it’s much harder to create a show stopping tablescape with a small budget.  You need creativity and a flair for the hot glue gun.  So here my tips to make your holiday table warm, cozy and festive without breaking the bank.

1) Think differently about the table cloths-  You don’t have to use a standard table cloth purchased at a department store.  Blanket and throws can add a personal touch and give your table more texture.

3) Play with Burlap- I love burlap.  It’s so fun and so cheap!  Stencil your favorite Christmas verses along the border to create a special overlay that speaks to you.

2) Look outside your home- Tree trimmings, clippings and herbs make great fillers.  I used rosemary clippings re-potted in silver julep cups that doubled as favors and place holders.  Many Christmas tree lots will allow you to haul off tree branch clippings.  These clippings make great wreaths.  Have a holly bush?  Snip those cute red berries and glue them onto a candle stick.  Add some twine or jute and you have an adorable holiday piece.

3) Napkin rings for pennies- Snip the bottoms off of those pine cones and glue onto cute ribbon.  Tie around a napkin for a unique conversation piece.

3) Menu cards can allow you to really add color to your table.  Mix and match different card stocks found at your local craft store.  Cut and glue together, add a bow and there you have a place setting with personality.

4) Melt your favorite chocolate in a pan, then dip the ends of candy canes for a sweet alternative to a coffee spoon.  Works deliciously with hot chocolate too!

5) Don’t forget the Christmas Crackers!  An old English tradition has been gaining footing here in the US for a while.  They are such fun to pop and see what is inside.  And the kids love them.

Merry Christmas and happy decorating!

Photo Courtesy of Dan Holman Photography

Photo Courtesy of Dan Holman Photography

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As Seen in San Antonio Weddings Magazine! Green Love on St. Patty’s Day {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

Love, love, LOVE this wedding!  It was so fresh and sweet, just like the couple.  The Spire really is a hidden gem located just next to downtown San Antonio.  Operated by The RK Group, it provides a unique wedding setting with amazing food that Rosemary’s Catering legendary for.  Enjoy the green eye candy! For more photos, please visit the gallery titled “St. Patty’s Day Wedding.”

Thank you to the amazing vendors who helped make this day a huge success!

 

Venue: The Spire

Catering: Rosemary’s Catering

Floral: Flair Floral

Wedding Consultant: Panache Event Group

DJ: Robert Lindsey Music

Cake: Exclusive Cake Shop

Officiant: David Orth

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Fiesta Wedding Love at The Witte

More Fiesta for you!  This wedding was amazing!  Bright florals and colors, amazing food and fabulous entertainment for the guests.  Mariachi’s appeared just as the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, and led the guests into cocktail hour where they enjoyed cocktails before dinner and dancing to the hot sounds of Finding Friday.  Lot’s of DIY action going on, including luminary cans painted in vibrant colors, and homemade salsa for the favors.  YUM!

A very special thank you to all the AMAZING vendors who brought this wedding to life!

The Witte Museum

True Flavors Catering

Whitney Runyon Photography

Ambiance Floral

Great Event Rentals

Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe

Finding Friday

Mariachi Herencia

 

For more photo awesomeness, visit Whitney Runyon’s blog

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Corporate Fiesta, Texas Style! {San Antonio Event Planner}

Just in time for Fiesta, a corporate bash that will make you kick up your heels!

What a night! We had mariachis. We had Folklorico dancers. We had Jesse James from Y100 FM. We had RAUL MALO! The bash went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time.

VERY special thanks to those who made it happen: Pearl Stable, El Jarro Catering, Raul Malo, Theme Travelers, Great Event Rentals, Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery, Alamo Plants and Petals, Goen South Photography, Mariachis Las Altenas, and Guadelupe Cultural Arts Center.

And a HUGE thank you to Jennifer Hamlett of Hamlett Photography for the professional photos! She did an awesome job capturing the evening!  For more photos of the spectacular party, visit the gallery titled Corporate Fiesta!

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